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Be the change you want to see…

Internati onal Women’s Day has evolved over the last century from a general ‘women’s rights’ commemoration to the modern day themed celebration of women’s achievements in various global and localised contexts. Here in Scotland we have been blessed with many women who have achieved great things over the years – Mary Slessor, Mary Ann Baxter, Jane Haining and Winnie Ewing are just four names that spring readily to mind.

These are the type of women we can identify as inspirational because they are prominent politicians or historical figures, and we can read about them or see them on TV regularly. Yet there are thousands of women all over Scotland ‘doing their bit’ every day that never come to the attention of a wider audience. Indeed, most of them are happy with that because they do not seek fame or advancement, their reward is simply ‘making a difference’.

As all of these women are just quietly working away, we might be tempted to think that some of these smaller scale, localised activities are only ‘making a difference’ in a very minor way. But things can grow, and gain momentum, and… maybe even bring down a government? …

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March 2018 Issue number 39 The only independent Pro Scottish magazine on sale today